BAKED GOODS: A simple chocolate cake

Vegans just eat grass right? We’ve all seen the memes, we’ve all pretended to laugh at the jokes, yeh very funny everyone. Now that it’s BBQ season this joke seems to be around more than usual – wonderful. A few weeks ago I went home for my dad’s 60th birthday and what did we do for it? A BBQ of course! Now I’m actually very lucky, whilst I come from a heavily, meat eating family, they have gotten on board with me being the black sheep of a vegan pretty quickly and don’t ask me daft questions like “but what do you eat?”. I arrived home all sleepy from travelling and was handed a gin and a chocolate cake recipe – well done mother.

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THIS CAKE IS SO SIMPLE. Like really, I had 3 gins and a lot of nattering to my mother to get done while I was sorting out this cake, it is foolproof.

I have no idea where this recipe is from, so if you’ve seen it before please, please, please let me know where so that I can add a link, it’s only fair.

What you need:

1 1/2 cup plain flour
3 tablespoon cacao powder
1 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white vinegar (I use cider vinegar)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup cold water


Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees and grease an 8-inch square or a 9-inch round cake tin (or if you’re like me, just guess).

Throw all of the dry ingredients into the tin. FOR REAL. Trust me, just do it, straight into the tin please. Mix with a fork until it’s an even colour.

Create 3 wells, one larger than the other 2. Use the large well for the oil, the 2 smaller ones for the vinegar and vanilla extract. Leave them for a second.

Pour the water over the top and mix the whole thing with that fork. Keep going until it is all smooth and even.

Pop it in the oven for 35 minutes and remember not to open the oven door until it’s ready because opening the door just lets all the hot air out and the sponge just sinks.

When it’s ready (you can check with a tooth pick, the tooth pick will come out clean when it’s cooked) cool on a wire rack.

Optional cover in icing, fruit, chocolate or icing sugar for a final touch.


I re-made this cake at home to take a nice photograph of it and took it to work so that I didn’t eat the full thing… Here’s some of the feedback:

I liked it. Could do with more egg though…

– Douglas (meat eater and part time fisherman


– Donna (twitter babe) MacRury

Has anyone eaten your cake? Do people actually like it? But did anyone have seconds?

– Anon


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